Patient discussion about stress

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Q. How to not be stressed from my job?

I have a very stressful job. I stay up all night thinking about my assignments for the next day. During work hours I barely eat and my boss yells at me all the time. What to do? This is affecting my family life since I take all my stress out on them?
A1If you like where you’re working but your job is too stressful, ask if the company can tailor the job to your skills or move you to a less pressured slot. If that doesn't help and the level of stress at your job is harming your health and your relationships, and you don’t see any prospect of real change, it may be time to move on.
A2You are not alone. Many people have stressful jobs and it's important to take care of it and not keep the stress levels building. I suggest you talk to your boss about taking some of the work load off. It's also important to leave the work at work and not take it home with you. Make sure that you have personal and family time and that you do not involve your work with them. This will keep both you and your family happy.
A3Thank you all!

Q. How to deal with stress before exams?

I am a college student and get very stressed out before tests. Are there good methods to relieve stress?
A1Have you tried aromatherapy? the scents of the essential oils can activate the limbic system of your brain, helping to relieve stress and increase alertness before your exams.

This articles recommends a good custom blend of essential oils when using Aromatherapy for Stress:
http://www.altmd.com/Articles/Aromatherapy-Essential-Oils-for-Stress
A2Listening to hypnosis cds and calming/ soothing music helps me to de-stress..! taking a little time out b4 your tests and listening to something like this. lets you calm down and prepares you.. so your not soo stresses for your test. But lets face it everyone get stressed and anxious about tests. If you weren't then id be worried!!
A3I also get stressed during the finales. The best thing that works for me is scheduling my time correctly, always taking breaks and eating normal meals and not just snacks. Its also important to get a good night sleep before your test and not to stay up all night cramming as this is the most stressful of all.

Q. Can stress really affect your health??

I’ve been having a stressed period at work in the past three months. I heard a lot of times:” don’t stress up-it’ll kill you eventually..” but is it physically true?
A1defenitely true, it's been proven that stress might cause gastrointestinal desorders.
A2like the DRs said if you have a Pre-existing problem like asthma, stress can be a problem.
A3Stress, in some amount can be a good challenge for us to maximize our ability (usually in work-related-things). But if the stress makes you tired, it usually means that you're already pushing your limit too hard.
Life is all about balance, which means you should balance your stress level with some de-stress activities (it can be hobbies, holiday, some healthy pleasures, etc).
In health point of view, stress can affect your body by lowering your immune system, increase the stress-hormone called cortisol, and if it happens for prolonged-time, it can exhaust you, and by the end it can do some 'cellular' damage to your body. So, stress can seriously affect our health, physically, mentally, and even spiritually.
I do hope you can work it out, speidel, I know you would! Good luck, and stay healthy always..

Q. When it comes to stress and confrontation, any suggestions on how to deal with that.

all i can do is cry and withdraw. I've found that this doesn't solve a thing or resolve any issue that may be at hand. I am unable to cope with these situations. I would love some ideas to try and deal with life and to allow my life to continue when it comes to things like this.
A1I heard from members of our group that just just discussing your daily feelings makes you them feel better. This is very useful to people. Please tell us more and share with us. There are so many people that care here.
A2are you being monitored by a doctor and staying on medication? therapy is also a really good way to learn how to cope with situations that you don't know how to handle.
A3http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/docs/BB-8-Core%20Beliefs.pdf

Try using this system to identify your core bleief, and to help you work through it.

Q. Dental Caries and Stress are related?

Can it be possible that dental caries (cavities) be caused by stress? It seems to me that it can, because stress can cause all kinds of other health problems then why can't it also cause cavities. I have tried to find answers to question online, but have been unsuccessful. Sure would be great to know the answer to this.
A1if you understand the question "dental carries and stress are related?"

there are many factors that cause cavities ...

- poor hygiene
- poor diet
- malnutrition
- disease or illness
- and stress

it is well documented in the medical and alternative fields
A2dental cavities is not cause by stress most cavities are caused by not cleaning your teeth properly, by keeping ones teeth clean and floss and visiting the dentist once a year it will take care the problem.
A3the cortisol level of the body increases when the body is stressed
therefore produces acid
and can be determined using litmus test on the tongue
acid in the mouth creates a environment for bacteria etc.
and also
stress can cause your body to flush out minerals from your body
minerals ex. calcium .. are found in bones teeth etc...this means more susceptible to cavities

Q. Eating too much during stressful time

My sister in-law is currently at home at a terminal state, so now I have to look after my brother’s family, and I cook for us. Although I make good and satiating meals, I still find my self eating sweets every evening, probably to distract myself from the sight of my dying friend. I know it sounds inappropriate to think about it when my sister in-law is dying, but I’m afraid I’ll gain weight (I’m have couple of extra pounds already). What should I do?
A1Sometimes our hunger isn’t physical but emotional- we eat to avoid dealing with our feelings. It’s natural and many people act this way. Maybe you can talk to someone about your feelings, and when you’ll feel better about them, you’ll feel less urge to run away by eating.
A2First of all, my sincere consolations. It’s totally OK to think about yourself, even in a time like this. You don’t need to feel guilty for these feelings, and maybe these guilt feelings are what makes you eat more. You’re a wonderful person- not a cynical egoist. Don’t be harsh on yourself too much.
Take care!
A3It sounds like there's a bit more than just eating more lately because you are cooking and at home more. Maybe this stressful event in your family and the difficult emotional state you must be in, is causing you to be in a more depressed or stressed mood, and eating sweets is your escape. I think you should first realize that, and next you can decide you're stoping with the compensation eating habbit. Try and find something else to do to distract you, like watching T.V or listening to music, taking a walk outside, etc. If you feel hungry eat proper meals and small healthy snacks in between. Eat what you cook with everyone else during meal time and not while you're cooking.. Hope you manage to handle it all at once.

Q. How do I know the difference between the symptoms of premenopause and stress?

For the past year, I've been having weird periods, hot flashes, mood swings, and most recently, a lack of enthusiasm for sex. I asked my doctor and she said I'm too young (I'm 38), so I'm thinking it may be stress. I bought 'The Menopause Bible' and it seems that perhaps my doc was wrong, but then I thought that maybe it is stress and I'm wondering if some of the symptoms of premenopause are the same for stress. Can anyone provide some thoughts on this? I would really appreciate it.
Ahere is a nice site i picked up one day i was looking for something that will match the symptoms i had. it's a site that you can enter the symptom and it'll tell you what causes them. just enter all of your symptoms and see what keeps poping up:
http://www.healthline.com/symptomsearch

good luck!
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